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Are you a native speaker of English?

Old 09-09-11, 06:20 PM
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you may be able to wax poetic, but can you wax brazilian?
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Old 09-09-11, 08:04 PM
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Originally Posted by wfin2004 View Post
My wife grew up with English in schools, on the streets, etc and spoke Spanish at home or with other Puerto Ricans in the hood. Her parents knew little English. So she learned two at once.
The Rubester is a Hoodarican too.
Has police copters circling his house all the time
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Old 09-09-11, 08:20 PM
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Originally Posted by spry View Post
The Rubester is a Hoodarican too.
Has police copters circling his house all the time

I have mentioned this before on many occasions. My wife is a Bronx raised but Island born (Puerto Rico) West Side Story-ish Puertoricania. She speaks English with a Bronx accent (and attitude) while all in the same sentence she can switch over to her Nuyorican Spanish.

Let me say this. After almost 7 years together, she can be quite intimidating although she never goes Bronx on me but I have seen it just a couple of times since we met.
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Old 09-09-11, 08:41 PM
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Not a native speaker of English. I spoke South American Spanish first. MY Mexican friends say I speak different and even my English speaking friends note that my Spanish sounds different than the Spanish from Mexico that they are used to.
I think and dream in English, do I get points for that?

PS: I think my linguistic circuits are fryed. Sometimes when I watch TV and someone comes by and changes the channel, it may take an hour for me to realize that I'm listening to Spanish.
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Old 09-09-11, 09:19 PM
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Okie is essentially Texican, but infused with Redneck and just a pinch of Hillbilly thrown in.
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Old 09-09-11, 09:34 PM
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I speak US and Canadian English natively. I also speak French, Spanish in la idioma de la frontera (Northern Mexican dialect). I speak some German....not fluent, but enough to get by, and some Russian, allso enough to get by.
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Old 09-09-11, 10:27 PM
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Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
Canadian sounds like native Wisconsin or Minnesotans, but you'all spell your words funny up there. Eh?
To lump Canadians together as having one dialect come from a place of little experience... it is all English but from west to east there are many variations.

Perhaps central Canada sounds like Minnesota but Minnesota does not sound like Alberta.

I was infected with a bad case of Gaelic as a child and never learned to speaks the Queen's English until I was in Jr High School... as a plus I never had any trouble understanding anyone from the Maritimes.
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Old 09-10-11, 01:09 AM
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Elocution was my passion. Could read up to 10,000 words a minute in college. Spoke only English at home, even though both my parents spoke spanish. Made my living speaking english. My wife is from Argentina and speaks english, Castilliano spanish, Italian and some french, I don't know how she does it. I think I am wired for english.
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Old 09-10-11, 01:16 AM
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English is my native tongue but i have also learned spanish as a second language.
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Old 09-10-11, 09:32 AM
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My English is a hell of a lot better than my Cantonese...
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Old 09-10-11, 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
To lump Canadians together as having one dialect come from a place of little experience... it is all English but from west to east there are many variations.

Perhaps central Canada sounds like Minnesota but Minnesota does not sound like Alberta.

I was infected with a bad case of Gaelic as a child and never learned to speaks the Queen's English until I was in Jr High School... as a plus I never had any trouble understanding anyone from the Maritimes.
Le Québec est toujours région du Canada.

(Pardon my French)
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Old 09-10-11, 07:20 PM
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People here in Illinois speak the only true, proper form of the English Language. Everyone else, southerners particularly, also people from New England really f*** up the language. You all need to learn proper English.
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Old 09-11-11, 03:02 AM
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Originally Posted by sknhgy View Post
You all need to learn proper English.
and you all need to learn to damn well spell too!
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Old 09-11-11, 03:17 AM
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I am doomed to remain a naive speaker, and never will be confused to be a native one.
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Old 09-12-11, 01:13 PM
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I was born and raised in the US and speak American English without any slang or accent.
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Old 09-12-11, 01:44 PM
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I can barely speak english much less some other language.
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Old 09-12-11, 01:46 PM
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Originally Posted by powerhouse View Post
I was born and raised in the US and speak American English without any slang or accent.
I think it's almost imposible for Americans not to have slang or accent, the USA is rich in cultural diversity, it's a country that got strong becasue of imigrants, on the east coast north side you got, italo-americans, irish-american, english, scott, indian, arab, etc, on the east coast south you got a lot of puerto ricans, and south americans, on the west coast and the south border you got a lot of mexicans.

I can't say that i have ever met an actual american person/family that doesn't have grandparents or great grandparents that weren't imigrants from another country.
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Old 09-12-11, 04:43 PM
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Depends on who you ask whether my first language is English.
A friend of mine from California can't understand me when I'm talking to fellow Georgians.

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Old 09-12-11, 04:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
To lump Canadians together as having one dialect come from a place of little experience... it is all English but from west to east there are many variations.

Perhaps central Canada sounds like Minnesota but Minnesota does not sound like Alberta.

I was infected with a bad case of Gaelic as a child and never learned to speaks the Queen's English until I was in Jr High School... as a plus I never had any trouble understanding anyone from the Maritimes.
Let's just lump those unfortunate Canuckers all together and let God sort it out
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Old 09-12-11, 04:56 PM
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Originally Posted by wfin2004 View Post
I have mentioned this before on many occasions. My wife is a Bronx raised but Island born (Puerto Rico) West Side Story-ish Puertoricania. She speaks English with a Bronx accent (and attitude) while all in the same sentence she can switch over to her Nuyorican Spanish.

Let me say this. After almost 7 years together, she can be quite intimidating although she never goes Bronx on me but I have seen it just a couple of times since we met.
Can't compare with the Rubester.
This guy is in a unique ethnic group all his own.
Very original dude
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Old 09-12-11, 05:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
To lump Canadians together as having one dialect come from a place of little experience... it is all English but from west to east there are many variations.

Perhaps central Canada sounds like Minnesota but Minnesota does not sound like Alberta.

I was infected with a bad case of Gaelic as a child and never learned to speaks the Queen's English until I was in Jr High School... as a plus I never had any trouble understanding anyone from the Maritimes.
Southern accents vary county to county. You can pick out what town someone grew up in from another not 30 miles away.
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Old 09-14-11, 04:06 PM
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Old 09-14-11, 04:28 PM
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Originally Posted by koke View Post
I think it's almost imposible for Americans not to have slang or accent
Everyone has an accent. That you can't hear it because it's the same as your own doesn't mean it's not there.

As anyone who hangs out much on BF is well aware, a person's native language is almost irrelevant. There are plenty of Americans who can't speak or write in English worth a damn even if it's the only language they know.
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Old 09-14-11, 09:18 PM
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I speak at the beginning of this video and again at 1:55 or so - after years working as a speech therapist I thawt eye purged meye nuu yawk axsent.....I guess maybe not so much.

I am guessing it would sound more new york to someone from somewhere else, and there are certainly folks here with a much much stronger accent.
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Old 09-14-11, 09:57 PM
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I'm from California I speak english with the same accent the TV people do.
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